I've got about 2 weeks and I want to spend about 4 days in San Francisco, maybe a couple of days in Vegas, whistle stop of Grand Canyon n Hoover if poss. If it doesn't take too long and isn't too expensive I like to tour a little up or down the coast or even in land if there is somewhere worth stopping. I'd appreciate your thoughts on where to go and how best to do it. I don't want to be in the cities the entire time and wanna keep costs down. Can you give me an idea of budget too pls.
There's a great deal more to the Coast than just California - I live in one of the most scenic regions in the area - the Pacific Northwest (Oregon and Washington). We have fantastic rivers that are awesome for whitewater rafting trips and fishing and camping without the crowds of California. Both Portland and Seattle are pretty darn nice, uncrowded places, and the Oregon Coast is beautiful (too cold for swimming, but great for seafood). California too has an awesome coast from Monterey Peninsula north to Sonoma County - a photographer's paradise. Sadly, San Francisco has seen better days (I lived there for 25 years and still love the city, but it is not the paradise it was in the 1970's).
Yes, Daawon makes a good point. The Pacific Northwest (Oregon, Washington and Idaho) is also beautiful in the summer and less hot than the LA and desert areas.
I'd consider a mix of places--Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, Sedona, San Diego, Yosemite, San Francisco, Los Angeles, wineries along the California coast near Santa Barbara, Paso Robles, or Monterey; Oregon's crater lake and coastline, Seattle and its Lake Washington and Lake Union and the city of Vancouver and Victoria in British Columbia.
Even Coeur d'Alene and Glacier Park might be considered (Idaho and west edge of Montana). And the national parks and other scenic areas of Utah and Wyoming (Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, Bryce Canyon, Zion, Arches, Moab, Canyonlands, Monument Valley, Lake Powell.)--and the Rockies in Colorado--and Santa Fe and Albuquerque and Carlsbad Caverns, and Tombstone, AZ.
There is a lot to choose from.